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Original Metal Slinky

Original Metal Slinky

Richard James and Betty James, 1945

In the MoMA COLLECTION

This product is represented in MoMA's Design collection.

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Item #51023
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Original Metal Slinky

Designed in 1943, this classic spring toy is popular with children and adults all over the world. It stretches, snaps back, and makes a "slinky" sound. The Slinky is featured in the Museum’s collection and was displayed in Humble Masterpieces, a 2004 exhibition mounted by the Department of Architecture and Design. Ages 5 and up.

This product was offered in conjunction with MoMA's exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, an overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The Museum's Department of Architecture and Design brings together school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books to examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children.

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Century of the Child

MoMA’s ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The exhibition brings together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

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Product Specs

Type For Kids
Made In the USA
Size 2.5h x 3"diam
Materials Coiled Steel
Featured Designing Modern Women , Great Design Under $50 , In the MoMA Collection
Designer Richard James and Betty James
Date 1945